Helioslough has been granted planning consent for a major new ‘inland port’ facility at Rossington, near Doncaster . The new Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) will feature a central intermodal terminal and reception sidings, flanked by warehousing with dedicated rail access.

The site will link to the East Coast Main Line at Doncaster , and Junction 3 of the M18. Rail access has been designed to cater for W10 loading gauge and future 775m length trains.

Mike Hughes, chief executive office of Helios Europe, said: “The inland port development is of strategic importance to Doncaster and the wider region and will be a major catalyst for inward investment and significant economic growth. With the support of Doncaster Council we are advancing our plans to prepare for a construction start in 2012.”

The Inland Port is the largest green belt development to have been granted permission the UK , and was not called in for consideration by the Secretary of State. The development is expected to employ more than 5,500 on site and, as with other major inland terminals such as DIRFT and Hams Hall, will help further increase mode shift of long-distance freight from road to rail.

Intermodality is proud to have been involved in the project from its inception, including rail input to the overall masterplan and the subsequent planning process.